Mark your calendar for September 15-18, 2016, when Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty comes to town. (Photo credit: John Valls)
Feast Portland highlights the culinary talent and ingredients of the Pacific Northwest along with internationally recognized chefs and food artisans. (Photo credit: John Valls)
At Saturday's Smoked! event, diners wander from pit to pit tasting prized BBQ bites. (Photo credit: John Valls)

Nobody sets the table for fall bounty like Oregon. And never has that table been quite so laden with deliciousness as it will be September 15-18, 2016, when Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty comes to town.

Now in its fifth year, Feast Portland highlights the culinary talent and ingredients of the Pacific Northwest along with internationally recognized chefs and food artisans. Called “the best food festival in the country” by Thrillist National, Feast has also been lauded by Zagat, Serious Eats, Fodor’s The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the New York Post and others. This year proceeds benefit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, with a focus on expanding school breakfast participation in the state.

Ready to take a bite out of Feast? You’ve got four days, 28 events and countless flavors to experience. Thursday kicks off with the Portland Monthly Magazine Sandwich Invitational, where attendees get to help pick the winner of the Sandwich Supernova. On Friday, the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting at Pioneer Courthouse Square offers the chance to taste the cheese, charcuterie, beer, wine and coffee that make Oregon famous (this event continues on Saturday). Sunday sees the return of the popular Whole Foods Market Brunch Village, billed as the “best boozy brunch” ever.

But that’s just a taster’s menu of what Feast Portland brings; there are hands-on classes, tasting panels and special dinners throughout the weekend. James Beard Award winners Ben Bettinger of Laurelhurst MarketNaomi Pomeroy of Beast, finalists Gregory Gourdet of Departure and Cathy Whims of Nostrana, and a slew of first-rate out-of-state chefs are just the tip of the fork tine of talent at Feast Portland.

Most events are already sold out — foodies are on top of it — but fortunately there are still tickets for Thursday’s Sandwich Invitational, Friday’s Grand Tasting, Washington Wines on the Rise and Aperitifs Ascendant: Understanding Vermouth, Quinquinas and Aperitif Wines. Also, due to popular demand, Feast Portland just added three exciting new events: Cocktail Crawl: Drink Like a Pro and Wine vs. Beer: This Time It’s Personal on Saturday, then Inside the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen on Sunday.

Buy tickets at FeastPortland.com. If you can’t make it this year, follow the tasty weekend on our Snapchat feed. Bon appetite!

Editor’s note: Flying in for Feast Portland? Book your flight on Alaska Airlines and get 10% off your ticket price. Details here.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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